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The Spirit of Budô: The History of Japan’s Martial Arts Exhibition to open at National Museum of the Philippines

The Spirit of Budô: The History of Japan’s Martial Arts Exhibition

MANILA (July 31, 2018) – The Japan Foundation, Manila and The National Museum of the Philippines in cooperation with the Embassy of Japan in the Philippines are pleased to present the international traveling exhibition The Spirit of Budô: The History of Japan’s Martial Arts Exhibition at the National Museum of Fine Arts, National Museum of the Philippines in Manila, Philippines. Admission is free.

In this exhibition, participants may learn about the brief history of Japanese martial arts from traditional battlefield combat techniques (Bujutsu) to popular sports or physical exercise tempering body and spirit (Budô) through originals and reproductions of historical weapons such as arrows, suits of armor, helmets, and other martial arts gear. Also included in the exhibition are materials and photo panels of popular sports and physical exercise such as Kendo, Judo and Sumo, among others.

The exhibition is in line with the objectives of the National Museum to present the artistry and artifacts which embody not just the cultural heritage of the Philippines, but also of Asian cultures such as Japan, in order to create a dialogue about their similarities, differences, connections and intersections. Prior to its exhibition in Manila, it has been shown in countries such as Peru, Canada, and Brazil.

With strong interest in Japan’s martial arts and Samurai culture in the Philippines, the exhibition will coincide with exciting related events. The Japan Foundation, Manila brings one of the greatest films ever made, legendary Director Akira Kurosawa’s “Seven Samurai” (七人の侍) to be screened at the UP Film Center – Cine Adarna leg of EIGASAI in August 2018. Other events include free demonstrations and workshops of Karate, Judo, Kendo and Arnis in collaboration with Karate Pilipinas, Inc., Philippine Judo Federation, IGA Kendo Club Philippines and Amato Arnis Classic Combat Martial Arts Organization of the Philippines.

The Spirit of Budô: The History of Japan’s Martial Arts Exhibition will be open to the public from August 10, 2018 to September 30, 2018. Museum hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily except on Mondays and holidays.

The exhibition is on view at Galleries XXVII and XXVIII of the National Museum of Fine Arts, National Museum. Here is a list of the special events:

1. EIGASAI x The Spirit of Budo Film Screening of “Seven Samurai” 

  • 1954 | 207 min | Drama | Monochrome | 35 mm
  • Directed by: KUROSAWA Akira
  • Cast: MIFUNE Toshiro, SHIMURA Takashi, KIMURA Isao
  • August 15, 2018 (Wednesday) at 7:15 p.m.
  • August 17, 2018 (Friday) at 7:15 p.m.
  • UP Film Institute, UP Diliman
  • FREE ADMISSION on a first-come, first-served basis.

2. Arnis Demonstration and Workshop with Amato Arnis Classic Combat Martial Arts

  • Organization of the Philippines
  • The National Museum Auditorium
  • August 25, 2018 (Saturday) at 10:00 a.m.
  • FREE ADMISSION. For reservations, email nm.finearts@gmail.com.

3. Kendo Demonstration and Workshop with IGA Kendo Club Philippines

  • The National Museum Auditorium
  • September 1, 2018 (Saturday) at 11:00 a.m.
  • FREE ADMISSION. For reservations, email
  • spiritofbudomanila@gmail.com.

4. Judo Demonstration and Workshop with Philippine Judo Federation

  • The National Museum Auditorium
  • September 8, 2018 (Saturday) at 11:00 a.m.
  • FREE ADMISSION. For reservations, email spiritofbudomanila@gmail.com.

* Please note that event details are subject to change. For more information and updates follow facebook.com/jfmanila or email spiritofbudomanila@gmail.com.

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